Novak Djokovic Defeated Gilles Simon Reaching Quarterfinals Of The Australian Open

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Melbourne: Jan 24;  Novak Djokovic survived a frustrating five-setter against Gilles Simon at the Australian Open on Sunday, spraying 100 unforced errors on Rod Laver Arena before reaching the quarterfinals for the 27th consecutive Grand Slam.

That's rarified territory for the five-time and defending champion, equalling Jimmy Connors' career mark of consecutive quarterfinals - only Roger Federer has done better with his 36.

Top-ranked Djokovic won 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in four hours, 32 minutes and will meet No 7 Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals.

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